Friday, March 1, 2024

A glorious luncheon

Acknowledging the past is important to understand the present and work towards the future.

The beautifully orchestrated Howick’s 175th Anniversary Luncheon at the Howick and Pakuranga Community Sports Centre at Lloyd Elsmore Park was a glorious celebration of Howick’s past and present. Chair of Howick and Districts 175th Anniversary 1847-2022 Committee, Rev Richard Waugh, historian Alan La Roche and former Howick Borough Mayor Morrin Cooper shared interesting nuggets of history with the 250 guests gathered on the occasion.

The former Howick Mayor, a known raconteur, even surprised everyone with a specially recorded message from Lord Howick at his estate in England.

MC Kate Rodger, TV entertainment editor and film reviewer kept the tempo upbeat at the much awaited event that had been planned to the last meticulous detail. The ceremonious cake cutting by James Donovan, Maya McNeill and Dr Machu Nagi, with Cooper playing the trumpet in the background, well reflected the diverse mix of the Howick ward that celebrated its local history.

Adding an entertaining touch was the Harlequin Theatre with a sneak preview of their latest production Mamma Mia. All in all, Howick’s 175th luncheon that marked the time the Fencibles and their families first arrived at the Howick Beach, will be remembered for a very long time!

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